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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Senate Renews Export-Import Bank's Charter

Senators voted to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank late Tuesday night, making it possible for the U.S. government to continue to insure goods in trade deals with foreign entities. 

D.C. Council Finds Common Ground On Budget

The D.C. Council overcame its differences on next year's budget this week, tentatively approving a plan crafted by Council Chair Kwame Brown.

Potomac's Status As 'Most Threatened' River Resonates In Alexandria

A new ranking calling the Potomac the most threatened river in the United States could have implications for Alexandria's big plans for waterfront development.

MWAA Travel Expenses, Finances Audited

The federal government is conducting an audit on the MWAA, scrutinizing everything no-bid contracts, financing plans reliant on tolls and lavish trips taken by members of the agency.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

McDuffie Wins Ward 5 Special Election

In a crowded field of 12 candidates, Democrat Kenyan McDuffie has won the special election for the Ward 5 seat on the D.C. Council, replacing disgraced former councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.

Potomac Rated America's Most Endangered River

The environmental group American Rivers identified the Potomac River as the most endangered in the country, thanks to agricultural and urban pollution along its length.

Threat Prompts Evacuation Of LGBT Rights Groups

An unspecified threat against national gay rights organizations prompted a response by MPD today, as they swept area LGBT groups with bomb-sniffing dogs.

First Metro Bike & Ride Opens At College Park

Metro is striving to make the commuting experience easier for those who prefer two wheels to four, debuting their new Bike & Ride facility, where riders can store their bicycles for a low hourly fee.

Libertarian Party Files Suit In Virginia Over Ballot Access

The Libertarian Party of Virginia is challenging the state's rule requiring that anyone gathering signatures to get candidates on the ballot be residents of the state.

'Troops To Trucks' Makes It Easier For Vets To Get Jobs

A new program in Virginia aims to put more veterans to work by making it easier for them to get commercial driver's licenses.

Maryland Senators Criticize New Septic Systems Rule

Maryland state senators are accusing the state's Department of the Environment of trying to circumvent lawmakers with new regulations governing septic system run-off.  

ATF Bureau Honors First African-American Officer Killed In Line Of Duty

As a law enforcement officer in the post-Reconstruction South, William Henderson Foote faced more difficulty doing his job than most. Members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms honored Foote, who was killed in the line of duty, this week.

Maryland House Gives Income Tax Hike Preliminary Approval

Legislators in Maryland's House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Tuesday evening to a bill that would raise income taxes on state residents, in a special session that is expected to conclude Wednesday.

Third Rail Problem Causes Red Line Delays

Metro's Red line is experiencing significant delays this morning due to a third rail problem at Medical Center. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dead Zones Reversible, Virginia Biologist Says

A marine biologist in Virginia has been studying dead zones — areas in bodies of water that are devoid of oxygen. He says the danger they bring to U.S. fisheries is real, but they are still reversible.